Tour Report: Tiger opens with 7-under 64

Mike McAllister
PGA Tour
Watch: Tiger discusses his opening round

Following an opening-round 64, Tiger Woods reflects on his play in the Deutsche Bank Championship with Fred Albers from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. – Fueled by a string of six consecutive birdies, Tiger Woods opened with a 7-under 64 in Friday’s first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The score was his second lowest of the year, eclipsed only by the 62 he shot in the final round of the Honda Classic. He walked off the TPC Boston course on Friday leading by one stroke over Jeff Overton, who would soon join Woods at the top of the leaderboard after a  birdie at his final hole.

“I played really well today,” Woods said. “I hit a lot of good shots, and on top of that, I putted well at the same time. It was a nice little combination.”

Woods was bogey-free for his first 17 holes but missed the green with his approach shot at the par-4 ninth (his last hole) for a bogey.

Woods had two birdies in his first seven holes. He then birdied the 18th, starting a string of six consecutive birdies. That’s just one shy of Woods’ personal record of seven consecutive holes under par.

It was a solid ball-striking day for Woods, who hit 16 of 18 greens and 10 of 14 fairways.

“I hit the ball well enough to probably shoot maybe one or two more,” Woods said. “I missed a couple little putts out there. But also I made my share from outside of 15, 20 feet as well.”

Last weekend at The Barclays, Woods three-putted four greens in the third round and then shot 76 in the final round to finish tied for 38th. He dropped from first to third in FedExCup points.

“It wasn’t like I was hitting a lot of awful shots,” Woods said when asked about his one-week turnaround. “I just needed a couple putts to kind of go my way and it didn’t happen. …. Today was about the same as I have been playing pretty much all summer, just go out there and playing pretty consistent.

“It was just a nice, solid round.”


Here are details from each of Woods’ birdies during his opening round. You can also watch the birdies, with PGA TOUR Radio’s Bob Stevens supplying the play-by-play.

Hole Details Video
Par-3 11th Tee shot to 12 feet; made putt Click here to watch
Par-4 13th Drive of 318 yards; second shot to 18 feet, 11 inches, made putt Click here to watch
Par-5 18th Drive of 308 yards; second shot to 42 feet; eagle putt lipped out; tapped in Click here to watch
Par-4 1st Tee shot of 236 yards; second shot to 12 feet, 5 inches; made putt Click here to watch
Par-5 2nd Drive of 315 yards; second shot past hole; chipped to 12 feet, 3 inches; made putt Click here to watch
Par-3 3rd Tee shot to 15 feet, 4 inches; made putt Click here to watch
Par-4 4th Tee shot of 277 yards; pitch shot from 87 feet to 4 feet, 6 inches; made putt Click here to watch
Par-4 5th Drive of 313 yards; second shot to six inches; tapped in Click here to watch